Friday, July 15, 2011

Three Books for Adult Harry Potter Fans

Since its beginning in 1997, J. K. Rowling’s series following the adventures of boy wizard Harry Potter has garnered big fans in all age groups. In celebration of the release of the last cinematic installment of the series, this NPR article recommends three books for adults itching for a little more literary magic. Check them out below!

The Magicians
By: Lev Grossman

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Ender’s Game
By: Orson Scott Card

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The Secret History
By: Donna Tartt

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Discussion for Adults: June 28, 2011

Moss Bluff held a book discussion on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The novel centers on a book club on the island of Guernsey as they recall their time during the German Occupation in World War II.

The book is written entirely in letters sent among several characters. The group approved of the epistolary style, though this led to a shaky start for some readers. Some also had issues with the ending of the novel, which felt like a different book entirely. The disjointed nature of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is, more than likely, due to the split task of its authorship between Shaffer and her niece Barrows, who took over when Shaffer fell ill.

Flaws aside, the novel did prove valuable for a couple different reasons. The first is that it provided a simultaneously interesting and delightful insight into German Occupation for those unfamiliar with the time. Secondly, it revolved around enjoyable characters brought together by the importance of reading in their lives.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Novel Destinations & Literary Getaways

Heads up! July 15th, this Friday, is the last day to log your books for the Adult Reading Program in order to get some awesome prizes!

Still looking for a good read? Check out this NPR article on “Literary Getaways” and stick with this summer's theme of Novel Destinations. If you're up for some armchair traveling, see the list below for books that the article recommends.

Miss New India
By: Bharati Mukherjee

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The Magician King
By: Lev Grossman

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State of Wonder
By: Ann Patchett

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
By: Sara Gran

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